- Hawaii's Maui County will not defend a moratorium on GMO farming that was passed by county voters last fall.
- The county's position, or lack thereof, comes after a motion for summary judgment filed by attorneys representing Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences, and local businesses and organizations affected by the moratorium.
- The motion argues that the ballot initiative itself was unconstitutional because it preempted state and federal law and violated county and state law.
In a press release, Center for Food Safety attorney George Kimbrell said, "The people of Maui passed this law through the proper ballot initiative power; the county attorneys, as public servants, have a duty to defend it. This is highly unusual and reveals the power the pesticide industry has on the island."